How to Emboss Gold onto Leather Books

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Through a fairly simple process, you can emboss designs, names or whatever else you would like on leather-bound books. Leather stamps are different from other types of stamps, since they are designed to make an impression in a tough material. You can buy leather stamps at a local craft store or at one of many Internet craft stores. For your first attempt at embossing a leather book, use a practice book until you get the process down.

Things You'll Need

  • Table
  • Wood block larger than the book's cover
  • Damp sponge
  • Leather stamps
  • Mallet
  • Small paintbrush
  • Gold leather dye
  • Choose a solid table as a place to perform your work. Open the cover of the book and place it over the wood block.

  • Clean the book cover with a damp sponge. The water will help the leather stamps make a more clear impression in the leather.

  • Position the leather stamps on the leather until you have the layout the way you want it. Use a ruler to measure the spacing between letters and other designs.

  • Hit the handle on the leather stamps with the mallet. Lift up one side of the stamps to make sure they have made a clear impression in the leather before completely removing the stamps.

  • Paint the embossed portions of the book cover with a paintbrush and gold leather dye. Let the leather dye dry for several hours.

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